Leaf season is here and I enjoy seeing the changing of the foliage knowing it’s an indication that a new season has arrived. Like many of you, I’ve been busy taking care of day-to-day business and living an author’s life. No matter the circumstances, new ideas pop into my head to be integrated into a future novel.
For example, I recently visited a loved one in Florida. This feisty ninety-four-year-old always provides fresh ideas for a novel. She’s such an inspiration; I’ve dedicated a book to her in the past.
Her fondness for sitting at her pond and feeding fish quickly becomes a memory. After seeing a snake lying up in a tree over her head with his tongue poised to strike the top of her head, I lifted and snatched her out of harm’s way. An adrenaline rush saved the day.
The next afternoon she was determined to return to the fish pond, and knowing I don’t like creepy crawlers, she said, “You just go halfway with me; I can take care of myself. I’ll not only look on the ground but up in the trees.” That’s my granny!
Whenever you get a chance, say thank you to people in your life, which make a difference in your worldview. Celebrate your sameness and differences. There is much to learn from elders and young ones. I think they see the world much differently from most of us.
Wishing you and your family the best in this new season. Carolyn Bowen
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